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    Driver seriously injured after crashing utility pole in Stafford Twp.

    Driver seriously injured after crashing utility pole in Stafford Twp.


    The 20-year-old, of Manahawkin, lost control of his black sedan on Route 72 as he approached Lighthouse Drive and hit the pole. STAFFORD TWP -- A driver was found unconscious with serious injuries after his vehicle...

    The 20-year-old, of Manahawkin, lost control of his black sedan on Route 72 as he approached Lighthouse Drive and hit the pole.

    STAFFORD TWP -- A driver was found unconscious with serious injuries after his vehicle crashed into a utility pole Monday morning, police said.

    The 20-year-old, of Manahawkin, lost control of his black sedan on Route 72 as he approached Lighthouse Drive and hit the pole.

    Police said they arrived to find him unconscious with serious injuries.

    The driver regained consciousness as medical personnel arrived and he was airlifted to hospital. His current condition is not known.

    Police said the driver was later issued a summons for careless driving.

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    2 firefighters reportedly injured while fighting Glen Rock house fire

    2 firefighters reportedly injured while fighting Glen Rock house fire


    The fire broke out at the home on Prospect Avenue around 7:30 p.m., the report said. GLEN ROCK -- Two firefighters from Ridgewood were injured while helping battle a house fire in Glen Rock, News 12...

    The fire broke out at the home on Prospect Avenue around 7:30 p.m., the report said.

    GLEN ROCK -- Two firefighters from Ridgewood were injured while helping battle a house fire in Glen Rock, News 12 reported.

    According to the report, the two were injured after falling through the floor of the home. The extent of their injuries was not reported, but News 12 said they assisted in fighting the Marcal Paper Mill fire earlier Monday afternoon.

    The fire broke out at the home on Prospect Street around 7:30 p.m., the report said.

    News 12 said the home was badly damaged and the residents have been displaced.

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    Drug sting leads to treetop rescue after suspect climbs down Palisades

    Drug sting leads to treetop rescue after suspect climbs down Palisades


    Police identified the suspect as Anthony Lora, 22, of Bronx, N.Y. FORT LEE -- A drug sting took a dramatic turn Monday after the suspect ended up trapped on a cliff, according to a statement from police. Palisades...

    Police identified the suspect as Anthony Lora, 22, of Bronx, N.Y.

    FORT LEE -- A drug sting took a dramatic turn Monday after the suspect ended up trapped on a cliff, according to a statement from police.

    Palisades Interstate Parkway Police said officers conducted a controlled drug purchase as part of an ongoing investigation in a stairway off Hudson Terrace in Fort Lee around 5:15 p.m.

    Anthony LoraPalisades Interstate Parkway Police 

    But the suspect fled into the wooded area north of the George Washington Bridge, with officers pursuing him on foot.

    Police said he crossed over the fence line and started to climb down the Palisades Cliff, only to get stuck in a tree.

    Rappel teams were called and managed to free him from his predicament. 

    Suspect removed from the cliff uninjured and in custody of this agency. Press release to be posted when further information is available.

    -- ParkwayPolice (@ParkwayPolice) February 21, 2017

    Police identified the suspect as Anthony Lora, 22, of Bronx, N.Y.

    Lora faces drug and resisting arrest charges. Police said he was also wanted in connection with armed robbery charges from NYPD.

    Lora is being held in Bergen County jail pending extradition to New York. 

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    88-year-old driver backs up into, damages house across the street

    88-year-old driver backs up into, damages house across the street


    No one was injured in the crash, including a 16-year-old golden retriever, who was trapped underneath the car. WASHINGTON TWP -- An 88-year-old woman crashed into a home on Mountain Avenue Monday afternoon, police...

    No one was injured in the crash, including a 16-year-old golden retriever, who was trapped underneath the car.

    WASHINGTON TWP -- An 88-year-old woman crashed into a home on Mountain Avenue Monday afternoon, police said.

    According to Washington Township police Lt. Richard Skinner, the driver backed up from her driveway and into the house across the street.

    Skinner told NJ Advance Media the whole car went into the house.

    The house was deemed safe Monday evening by the building department, Skinner said.

    No one was injured in the crash, including a 16-year-old golden retriever, who was trapped underneath the car.

    Skinner said police are still investigating the crash.

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    Resident's tip about noises at neighbor's home leads to arrest

    Resident's tip about noises at neighbor's home leads to arrest


    William Ireland, 49, was charged with burglary and other charges after someone called police about a possible robbery at a neighbor's home, police said. GALLOWAY TWP -- A resident's tip about a possible burglary on...

    William Ireland, 49, was charged with burglary and other charges after someone called police about a possible robbery at a neighbor's home, police said.

    GALLOWAY TWP -- A resident's tip about a possible burglary on Sunday led to the arrest of a 49-year-old man.

    William Ireland, of Galloway Township, was charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief after someone called police about a possible robbery at a neighbor's home, police said on Facebook.

    Police arrived to find the house had been burglarized, but found the suspect had fled.

    A K9 unit later located Ireland in the area. He was allegedly in possession of stolen items.

    Police said he allegedly committed two burglaries on Sunday. Ireland is also accused of stealing a vehicle and committing another burglary in Absecon.

    He was transported to Atlantic County Jail.

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    Port Authority reportedly mulling $4 surcharge on airport fares

    Port Authority reportedly mulling $4 surcharge on airport fares


    The Port Authority said the proposal is still being considered and would apply to fares coming in to and out of the airport, according to ABC7. Traveling to airports could become a little more expensive as soon as...

    The Port Authority said the proposal is still being considered and would apply to fares coming in to and out of the airport, according to ABC7.

    Traveling to airports could become a little more expensive as soon as next year, according to multiple reports. 

    All for-hire cars -- including taxis, black cars and app-based services like Lyft and Uber -- could be subject to a $4 surcharge at Newark, Laguardia and JFK, CBS2 reported.

    The Port Authority said the proposal is still being considered and would apply to fares coming in to and out of the airports, according to ABC7.

    "If it moves forward, implementation would not occur until 2018, and funds generated would remain at airports to invest in modernization of our airports," the agency said in a statement to ABC7.

    The Port Authority did not immediately respond to NJ Advance Media with comment.

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    Police warn public to stay off ice after fisherman falls through in Hopatcong

    Police warn public to stay off ice after fisherman falls through in Hopatcong


    An officer and a fireman put on ice rescue suits and helped him stay afloat until the fire department arrived to pull him out. HOPATCONG -- Police are warning the public to stay off the ice after a fisherman ...

    An officer and a fireman put on ice rescue suits and helped him stay afloat until the fire department arrived to pull him out.

    HOPATCONG -- Police are warning the public to stay off the ice after a fisherman  fell through on Sunday, police said.

    The man was fishing on Crescent Cove off of Hudson Avenue when he fell in, according to the police department's Facebook page.

    An officer and a fireman put on ice rescue suits and helped him stay afloat until the fire department arrived to pull him out.

    He was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Police said the man's condition was unknown.

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    Racial tensions boiling over at PBA local, former official says

    Racial tensions boiling over at PBA local, former official says


    The former head of a local corrections officer group wants the state PBA to take the reins. TRENTON -- The former head of a union local representing more than 6,000 corrections officers said Monday racial tensions...

    The former head of a local corrections officer group wants the state PBA to take the reins.

    TRENTON -- The former head of a union local representing more than 6,000 corrections officers said Monday racial tensions within the group are at a boiling point.

    Lance Lopez called on the state's Policemen's Benevolent Association to take control of PBA Local 105. He was president of the group before he was ousted in a June election.

    Lopez cited as examples of tension a senior union member dressing up as a blackface Santa for a Halloween party five years ago and text messages between an unnamed person and the group's current president, Brian Renshaw, in which that unnamed person used racial slurs.

    "It's time for the state PBA to step in and take care of the local," Lopez said.

    But Renshaw, the group's president, dismissed the allegations as baseless.

    Christie's office blasts news report

    "Im not going to directly comment on any of Lance Lopez's allegations and or his opinions," Renshaw told NJ Advance Media by phone Monday.

    "It's unfortunate that this draws attention away from the progress of this union and the increasing unity that is felt and expressed by so many members," he said.

    Patrick Colligan, the president of the state PBA, suggested Lopez's claims have more to do with politics than actual cases of discrimination. Regardless, Colligan said no official request for the state PBA to take the reins has been made.

    "There's a lot of internal politics there," Colligan said.

    Renshaw unseated Lopez in June.

    Around that time, The Trentonian reported on a photo of the group's new executive vice president, Michael Gallagher, dressed as a blackface Santa. The photo was from a Halloween party five years prior.

    Gallagher didn't immediately return a call seeking comment. But he told the Trentonian at the time that he dressed as "black gangster Santa Claus" and didn't think it was controversial.

    "It's been on my Facebook for over five years," he told the newspaper. "The girl I was dating at the time was a black girl. She didn't have a problem with it, no one else at the party had a problem with it."

    Also around that time, text messages between Renshaw and an anonymous person surfaced and were reported on by The Trentonian. The anonymous person sent Renshaw messages that used the n-word and "darkies" to describe African American union officials.

    Renshaw didn't use any of the slurs in the text exchange and says he doesn't know who sent the text. Lopez criticized the union president on Monday for not immediately condemning, in the text exchange, the anonymous person's use of the slurs.

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    Police reportedly catch burglary suspect after receiving tip from resident

    Police reportedly catch burglary suspect after receiving tip from resident


    Police arrested Geoffrey Opresnick, 62, of Dover, who was carrying a flashlight, rubber gloves, a tool and construction mask, the report said. ROCHELLE PARK -- An antique burglar was nabbed following a tip from a...

    Police arrested Geoffrey Opresnick, 62, of Dover, who was carrying a flashlight, rubber gloves, a tool and construction mask, the report said.

    ROCHELLE PARK -- An antique burglar was nabbed following a tip from a resident Sunday morning, NorthJersey.com reported.

    Police arrested Geoffrey Opresnick, 62, of Dover, who was carrying a flashlight, rubber gloves, a tool and construction mask, the report said.

    According to the report, someone called police Sunday morning about a man who was snooping around a home on Lexington Avenue. Ospresnick fled the area and hid in a nearby home, where police found him in possession of some antique items. 

    He was charged with burglary, theft, possession of burglary tools, criminal trespass and criminal attempt at theft, the report said.

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    Simon & Schuster drops Milo Yiannopoulos book following release of controversial video

    Simon & Schuster drops Milo Yiannopoulos book following release of controversial video


    The controversial Breitbart editor also saw his invitation to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference rescinded Following the release of video in which controversial right-wing writer Milo...

    The controversial Breitbart editor also saw his invitation to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference rescinded

    Following the release of video in which controversial right-wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos talks about men having sex with boys, Simon & Schuster has decided to cancel his upcoming book, "Dangerous," USA Today reports.

    "After careful consideration, Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions imprint have canceled publication of Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos," the publisher said in a statement Monday. 

    "They canceled my book," the British journalist posted on his Facebook page, later adding: "I've gone through worse. This will not defeat me." 

    The same day, the Conservative Political Action Conference rescinded Yiannopoulos' invitation. The 33-year-old Breitbart editor was to have been a speaker at the event, which starts this week, before videos came to light on Sunday that contained audio recordings of Yiannopoulos. In the videos, released by the Reagan Battalion blog, Yiannopoulos, who is gay, can be heard talking about his own sexual history, suggesting that some young teen boys could give consent for sex with older men. 

    "@ACUConservative has decided to rescind the invitation of Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at #CPAC2017." pic.twitter.com/sVWGnPCW7C

    -- Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 20, 2017

    "We continue to believe that CPAC is a constructive forum for controversies and disagreements among conservatives, however there is no disagreement among our attendees on the evils of sexual abuse of children," Matt Schlapp, president of the American Conservative Union, the event's organizer, said in a statement, as reported by CNN. 

    Yiannopoulos was also supposed to be a speaker at the University of California, Berkeley on Feb. 1 when violence broke out during protests and the appearance was canceled. 

    In a video posted on his Facebook page Monday, Yiannopoulos, who in a previous post called himself a child abuse victim, said he was not an "apologist" for pedophilia. 

    "Nothing could be further from the truth," he said. "I find those crimes to be absolutely disgusting." He went to say he exposed three pedophiles through his reporting and that portions of the videos released were edited to omit a part where he says he agrees with the current age of consent. Yiannopoulos said his remarks were "stupidly worded," adding that he had a history of using humor to get through his experiences with sexual abuse. Yiannopoulos also said that at 17, he had a relationship with a 29-year-old man that went on to last 10 years. 

    Yiannopoulos, who was raised Catholic and whose mother is Jewish, has also been criticized for racist, misogynist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic remarks. He said his comments about Jews heard in the same recordings -- including one he made about Jews being "overrepresented in media and banking" -- had also been edited. 

    Fox Business reports that Breitbart, formerly headed up by current presidential advisor Stephen Bannon, is now considering dismissing Yiannopoulos, whose official title is technology editor.

    This is not the first time Simon & Schuster had been hit with criticism over Yiannopoulos' book.

    In January, feminist writer Roxane Gay pulled her forthcoming book, "How to Be Heard," from TED Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, after the publisher announced it would be publishing Yiannopoulos' book. Yiannopoulos had reportedly received a $250,000 advance for the book deal. 

    In July, Yiannopoulos was permanently banned from Twitter after being linked to a wave of racist and sexist harassment that targeted actress and comedian Leslie Jones ("Ghostbusters," "Saturday Night Live").

    Jones, who had temporarily left Twitter over the abuse, criticized Simon & Schuster for a December statement on the deal with Yiannopoulos, in which it said "... we have always published books by a wide range of authors with greatly varying, and frequently controversial opinions, and appealing to many different audiences of readers." The publisher also said the views of authors didn't reflect the company's views. 

    "... You still help them spread their hate to even more people,"  Jones tweeted. 

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    Fire rips through Marcal Paper Mill in Elmwood Park

    Fire rips through Marcal Paper Mill in Elmwood Park


    News 12 reported that the fire started around 5 p.m. and that multiple fire crews were at the scene. ELMWOOD PARK -- Fire crews are reportedly battling a massive fire at the Marcal Paper Mills, according to...

    News 12 reported that the fire started around 5 p.m. and that multiple fire crews were at the scene.

    ELMWOOD PARK -- Fire crews are reportedly battling a massive fire at the Marcal Paper Mills, according to reports.

    News 12 reported that the fire started around 5 p.m. and that multiple fire crews were at the scene.

    According to NorthJersey.com, smoke could still be seen coming from the area at about 6:30 p.m.

    The cause of the fire was not immediately known, News 12 reported.

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    Jamie Fox, hard-driving political insider, dead at 62

    Jamie Fox, hard-driving political insider, dead at 62


    A long-time Democratic strategist and backroom insider, Jamie Fox, respected for both his demeanor and ability to get the job done, has died at the age of 62 He knew how to play tough in Jersey's rough-and-tumble...

    A long-time Democratic strategist and backroom insider, Jamie Fox, respected for both his demeanor and ability to get the job done, has died at the age of 62

    He knew how to play tough in Jersey's rough-and-tumble game of political hardball.

    A longtime Democratic strategist, respected for both his demeanor and ability to get the job done, he last worked for Republican Gov. Chris Christie as the state's transportation commissioner.

    Jamie Fox, a charming and affable political operative who worked for four governors and two U.S. senators and served in high-level positions formulating transportation policy, died Monday after a long battle with kidney disease, said his family. He was 62.

    A fixture in New Jersey politics for 40 years who never ran for public office, Fox twice served as the state's commissioner of transportation, once under Democratic Gov. James McGreevey and again under Republican Gov. Chris Christie. He was chief of staff or served as an advisor to McGreevey, as well as Governors James Florio, Richard Codey, and Jon Corzine. He also was chief of staff to former U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.), and was director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. In 2008, he spearheaded the Florida presidential campaign for Barrack Obama.

    But it was his role as a consummate insider, lobbying for client, that left a stain on his career that he never could fully understand, after he was criminally charged in a scheme involving the former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to shake down one of the nation's largest airlines.

    The political game

    Well respected on both sides of the aisle, Fox was a major force behind the scenes, working mostly for Democrats but with no shortage of Republican friends.

    "He loved politics. He loved the game of politics," said state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), a friend who has known him since he was in his 20s. "He understood how to build a consensus."

    Weinberg said Fox knew the score before most people.

    The night that Gov. Corzine, running with Weinberg on the ticket as lieutenant governor, lost his re-election bid to Christie, it was Fox who first came into the hotel suite where they were all gathered to tell them before the results were all in that the race had been lost.

    "Couldn't you at least give me an hour to enjoy it?" she asked him.

    But Weinberg said it was Fox, a man of slight build and an easy laugh, who would be first to call when someone was down.

    Still, it was his hard-edged, take-no-prisoners style that became his reputation.

    "Sometimes you need to show people that you can in fact be tough and not pushed around, and when they lie to you, there are consequences," Fox once explained in an interview, talking about the pressure he would put into play after someone reneged on a promise of support.

    For many, he was a fixer, pulling strings and working to gain the votes needed for causes ranging from New jersey's assault on weapons ban and restrictions on ocean dumping to the preservation of the Highlands.

    "He was blessed with tremendous political skills," McGreevey said. "And an uncanny ability to win."

    Despite Fox's efforts to help Torricelli in an unsuccessful bid to derail McGreevey's own gubernatorial bid--the governor surprised people by nominating him as his transportation commissioner.

    Fox protested. "I barely know how to spell cul-de-sac," he told the governor.

    But McGreevey, confronted with major problems at the Department of Motor Vehicles, said he harbored no ill will and knew Fox would "be able to set clear targets and to execute."

    He recalled how Fox nurtured his relationships. While he would joke about the "care and feeding of the legislature," he would have dinners and luncheons with "the unlikeliest of people -- conservatives and Republicans he had no hope of convincing. But he liked them."

    Christie called Fox one of the "most outstanding public servants" he had ever known.

    "Regardless of party politics, he stepped forward time and again in service to our state," the governor said in a statement. "Jamie Fox was also my friend. He was a kind man beloved by his colleagues, but he also was a tough fighter for those causes and people he believed in every day."

    Born in Elizabeth and raised in Union Township, Fox's interest in politics started at the Elizabeth train station, said his brother, Tom, when Robert F. Kennedy's funeral cortege came through.

    "He was entranced by politics ever since," he recalled.

    His father coached high school basketball and his brother and his sisters all played basketball, but Fox had no interest in sports. "Jamie never cared about any of that. I don't think he ever dribbled a ball or hit a baseball. He just didn't care," his brother said. "He was interested in people and politics."

    Fox attended Saint Patrick High School in Elizabeth and graduated Villanova University, where he majored in political science. By 1972, he was working as a volunteer for George McGovern's presidential campaign. He volunteered for a losing state Assembly campaign and later went to work for Torricelli in 1982 as a driver during his Bergen County Democrat's first run for Congress.

    Attorney Michael Critchley, left, walks to court with Jamie Fox, after the former transportation commission was charged last year by federal prosecutors. (Aristide Economopoulos | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

    "When he won, he offered me the job as head of his district office, " said Fox in an interview. "I guess he figured anybody he met--mayor, councilmen and community leaders--I also met, and I would know them when they called the office."

    After a stormy tenure with Torricelli, Fox worked on and off through a succession of administrations, later joining long-time friend Eric Shuffler, another Torricelli veteran, as a partner in a boutique lobbying and public relations firm based in New York and Trenton.

    "He had uncanny political instincts. His ultimate secret is he treated everyone with respect and dignity," said Shuffler.

    Then in 2014, Gov. Christie, confronted with a crisis within the state's Transportation Trust Fund, nominated him to return as the state's transportation commissioner.

    Last year, however, Fox was charged by federal prosecutors in connection with his work as a lobbyist for United Airlines. The U.S. Attorney's office alleged that he used his influence to help push the airline to arrange a direct flight from Newark to South Caroline that shaved hours off the commute of former Port Authority chairman David Samson.

    Samson has pleaded guilty to bribery charges in the case, but Fox maintained his innocence.

    His attorney, Michael Critchley, said Fox was consumed by the belief that he was unjustly charged.

    "He was shocked and devastated," Critchley said. "He said he was only doing his job as a lobbyist. He felt he was innocent of any wrongdoing."

    The case was put in limbo as Fox's health deteriorated over the past year.

    Fox was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Peggy Fox and brother Bobby. He is survived by his brother, Tom Fox of Fredon, sisters Judy Higgins of Elizabeth, Jane Fox of Delray Beach, Fla., and Meg Koscheka of Red Bank.

    Services will be private. Arrangements will be by the Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home in Lambertville, and a public celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date in Trenton.

    Ted Sherman may be reached at tsherman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TedShermanSL. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

    Princeton's animal control officer charged with sexually assaulting teen

    Princeton's animal control officer charged with sexually assaulting teen


    Saul Nathan "Nate" Barson is charged with assaulting a child in a park in Solebury, Pa. earlier this month. A Lambertville man who works as Princeton's animal control officer has been charged with sexually...

    Saul Nathan "Nate" Barson is charged with assaulting a child in a park in Solebury, Pa. earlier this month.

    A Lambertville man who works as Princeton's animal control officer has been charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old in Bucks County, Pa., officials said.

    Saul Nathan Barson, 29, was arrested Monday by the Solebury, Pa. police department on charges he assaulted the child in a park there on Feb. 3.

    Saul Nathan Barson 

    The town of Princeton - where he goes by Nate Barson - then suspended him without pay pending an investigation, Princeton Administrator Marc Dashield said.

    Solebury police did not elaborate on the case in a statement, only saying they received information about a sexual assault at Pat Livezey Park on Feb. 3 and an investigation identified Barson as the perpetrator.

    Barson's charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, sexual assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors and criminal use of a communication facility, Solebury police said.

    Princeton hired Barson to a fulltime post in July 2015 at an annual salary of $53,000 after separating from their longtime animal control officer Mark Johnson. (The town later settled with Johnson due to his handling of unused rabies vaccines.)

    At the time, Barson also ran a business, Animal Control & Investigative Services, which provided animal control services for 18 towns in Hunterdon County.

    The Town Topics newspaper in Princeton reported in 2015 that Barson, who grew up in West Windsor, was also a volunteer with local first aid squads, something he started doing in high school.

    Following his arrest Monday, Barson was arraigned in a district court in Bucks County, Pa. and sent to the Bucks County Jail in Doylestown in lieu of $300,000 bail.

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    Man charged with shooting woman in Harrison will remain jailed

    Man charged with shooting woman in Harrison will remain jailed


    Victor Sagastume is charged with attempted murder and multiple weapons offenses for the Feb. 18 shooting. JERSEY CITY -- The 25-year-old man charged with shooting a woman inside a Harrison home over the weekend was...

    Victor Sagastume is charged with attempted murder and multiple weapons offenses for the Feb. 18 shooting.

    JERSEY CITY -- The 25-year-old man charged with shooting a woman inside a Harrison home over the weekend was ordered to be held in jail before his trial. 

    Victor Sagastume is charged with attempted murder and multiple weapons offenses for the Feb. 18 shooting. Police said the 33-year-old victim was shot twice in the chest and brought to Jersey City Medical Center. 

    It's unclear the exact relationship between Sagastume and the victim, though they do have two children together, police said. 

    During a brief court hearing Monday afternoon, Hudson County assistant prosecutor Tom Zuppa said the state filed for pretrial detention under the state's new Criminal Justice Reform Act. 

    Court officials said Sagastume was not flagged as having an elevated risk of violence during his public safety assessment. 

    Additional information surrounding the investigation was not immediately available. More information will likely be released Tuesday through a criminal complaint. 

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    4 injured in 3 separate Jersey City weekend shootings

    4 injured in 3 separate Jersey City weekend shootings


    Four people were injured in three separate shootings in Jersey City over the weekend, officials said. JERSEY CITY -- Four people were injured in three separate shootings in Jersey City over the weekend, officials...

    Four people were injured in three separate shootings in Jersey City over the weekend, officials said.

    JERSEY CITY -- Four people were injured in three separate shootings in Jersey City over the weekend, officials said. 

    The three shootings all occurred within 18 hours, city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said. 

    At about 11:50 p.m. on Saturday, a 31-year-old man was shot in the chest on Martin Luther King Drive near Woodlawn Avenue. He was brought to Jersey City Medical Center where he remains in critical condition, Morrill said. 

    Then at about 1 a.m. a 42-year-old man was shot in the hip and ankle near Rutgers Avenue and Wade Street. His injuries were not considered life threatening, she said.

    Sunday evening, a man and woman were shot on Bergen Avenue near the Clendenny Avenue intersection. 

    The victims, a 23-year-old Bergen Avenue man and a 21-year-old Duncan Avenue woman, were treated for their injuries, which were not life threatening, Morrill said. 

    No one was arrested in any of the weekend shootings and the investigations are ongoing. 

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